September 23, 2010

Girl Scouts to Host True Beauty Festival

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is recognizing National Love Your Body Day with a True Beauty Festival, October 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Girl Scouts Event and Conference Center (4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Florida). Open to the public, the True Beauty Festival offers girls in grades 4 through 12 a venue to learn about self-esteem, healthy body image and self-care in today’s environment. The program is sponsored by the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Uniquely Me!, an initiative created by Girl Scouts and funded by Dove to address the critical nationwide problem of low self-esteem among adolescent and pre-adolescent girls.

Love Your Body Day was developed by NOW in 1997 in response to a quickly growing American health crisis: negative body image among girls and women. Today, 80% of American women report being dissatisfied with their appearance. On the contrary, having a positive body image can lead to increased self-esteem, healthier habits, and lower rates of depression. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is committed to working with the community toward cultivating positive body image for young women.

The True Beauty Festival will include workshops from local female community leaders in a variety of disciplines, as well as performers, activities, a film and a fashion show, all dedicated to fostering positive body image. Participants will learn about holistic health, green eating and living, healthy relationships, goal-setting, fitness, self-defense, self-care, yoga, bullying, media awareness and more.

Registration for the True Beauty Festival is $5 for Girl Scouts and $17 for non-members (this includes a $12 annual membership to Girl Scouts; a limited number of scholarships available). The Festival is free for accompanying adults. Confirmation will include detailed information about the workshop schedule and lunch. Sponsorships are still available for local businesses. To register, or for more information about sponsorships, please contact Julia Onnie-Hay at (941) 921-5358, ext. 316, or

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF GULFCOAST FLORIDA, INC.: Girl Scouting builds girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and serves over 11,200 girls in ten counties including: Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier. For more information please visit